New York Red Bulls Punch Their Ticket to the Playoffs
Added by Bryan Salazar on October 7, 2013.
Tim Cahill going for the header at Saturday’s game. (Credits: empireofsoccer.com)
The always entertaining New York Red Bulls gave quite a spectacle Saturday night in front of a sold out crowd at Red Bull Arena.
Playing for a chance to win their first every trophy and also a spot in the playoffs, the Red and White were keen on succeeding in their objectives. They sure went the hard way to accomplish those goals.
Tim Cahill scored a header at the last moment of time to give the New York Red Bulls a 2-2 draw against a 10-man New England Revolution side that looked to have stolen a result on Saturday night. New England scored twice in a wild final eight minutes of regulation, including on a controversial penalty kick, but Cahill came through for the second straight week with a timely goal.
The Red Bulls dominated much of the match and looked to be cruising to a 1-0 victory after Fabián Espíndola netted in the first half, but the Revolution got a lifeline late when referee Fotis Bazakos whistled Jámison Olave for a handball in the penalty area even as replays showed that the center back made contact with his shoulder.
Lee Nguyen stepped up and converted the ensuing spot kick to pull the Revolution level, but things took a turn for the worse for the visitors moments later when Andy Dorman was sent off with a straight red card
While that looked to have ruined any chance the Revolution had of grabbing a late victory, Diego Fagundez had other ideas. One minute into stoppage time, the 18-year-old attacker slipped a shot underneath Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles for his 12th goal of the season after David Carney lost a ball in New York’s own half.
With fans on the edge of their seats, crossing their fingers hoping the soccer gods will answer their prayers, it seemed all but over as the referee continually checked his clock.
It seemed that the Australian midfielder was the answer for their prayers.
On a last attempt to grab a goal, the Bulls were awarded a corner kick and everybody, including the goalkeeper, were in the box itching to get the tying goal. The ball made its way around the box until it found a lonely Cahill, who headed the ball over an out of position Matt Reis who was left only to look hopelessly at the ball passing by and inside the net.
The Red Bulls have a bye week before returning to action with a road game against the Houston Dynamo on Oct. 20.